Grand Canyon


IMPORTANT:  If you are hiking within Red Rock Country, you will need a U.S. Forest Service Red Rock Pass and you MUST display this in your vehicle while parking in the National Forest.  These can be purchased at the Gateway Visitor Centers at a cost of $5 for a daily pass; $15 for weekly; $20 for an annual pass; and $40 for a Grand Annual Pass.

Bell Trail - 3.25 miles one-way.  From the intersection of I-17 and 179, right right on FR 618.  Travel for two miles, turn left on FR 618A and follow the signed to the trailhead, continue another one-quarter mile to the trail.  Located on the Wet Beaver Creek Wilderness just south of Sedona, the Bell Trail is very popular with hikers  Past Bell-Crossing, the people thin out as the trail makes a crossing over the creek and climbs about 1,600 feet in three more mile up to the Mogollon Rim.  The last 4.8 miles are difficult and not recommended.

Wilson Canyon Trail-1.5 miles one way. From the intersection of Arizona 179 and 89A in Sedona, turn north onto Arizona 89A and drive about 1.6 miles to the Midgley Bridge parking lot.  This trail keeps a serene demeanor as it follows the streambed in Wilson Canyon.  It passes pouroffs, clatters across slickrock and scrambles up a bouldered route to its end at a logjam in the drainage.  All round, rd and white sandstone mountains show off an extraordinary scene.  Return the way you came.

Jim Thompson Trail-3 miles one way.  From highways 179 and 89A in Sedona, go north on Arizona 89A .3 miles to Jordan Road and turn left; drive through the subdivision and turn left onto Park Ridge Drive, then drive .4 miles to the parking area, then walk north to access trail.  The trail starts in shady Mormon Canyon, then climbs gently onto a high desert mesa where hikers get an exquisite look at the classic red rock formations that made Sedona famous as the trail edges around Steamboat Rock.  At trail’s end in Wilson Canyon, hikers may continue on the Wilson Canyon Trail or return the way they came.

Bear Sign Trail-3.5 miles one way.  From the intersection of Arizona 179 and 89A in Sedona, turn left (west) onto Arizona 89A; drive about .3 miles to Dry Creek Road and turn right (north); drive about 4.4 miles to the Dry Creek trailhead on the left.  High clearance vehicles are recommended.  This trail starts out on the Dry Creek Trailhead until it hooks up with the Bear Sign Trail at mile .5.  The trail follows the canyon’s streambed, crossing it several times while maintaining a moderate climb up the canyon.  By mile 1.7 a feeling of remoteness starts to impose on the trail.  Hikers have a good chance of finding black bear signs or even spotting one of  them along the path.


Bell Rock Pathway-3.5 miles one way.  Highway 179 to Little Horse Trailhead or Bell Rock Vista just north of the Village of Oak Creek.  This wide, flat to rolling pathway wraps around the base of Bell Rock and parallels the Munds Mountain Wilderness Boundary.  It offers close up views of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte, and links up to the more narrow Big Park Loop and Little Horse Trail.

Big Park Loop-4 miles .  Highway 179 to Bell Rock Vista just north of the Village of Oak Creek.  Trail starts 1/4 mile north on the Bell Rock Pathway.  This single track trail  loops south of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte and links up with  the Bell Rock Pathway for a longer ride.

Carruth Trail-1 mile.  Highway 89A, turn north on Posse Grounds Drive.  Trail starts on Carruth Drive.  A wide pathway near Posse Grounds Park

Red Rock State Park-Varies. Lower Red Rock Loop Road tp park entrance.  entrance fees.  A variety of trails wind through the state park along Oak Creek.


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